part-time study, do I have to finish the program in four years?
you have more time. However, our courses often change due to the requirements of the state, so you
will need to keep in close contact with your advisor.
it possible for me to start study as a Non-Degree student
and then change to the MFT program later on?
Yes. However, in order to be accepted into the MFT program, you must take
three personality tests and a placement exam (or psychology exam - for remedial purposes
if you do not have psychology in your undergraduate degree).
my undergraduate degree in Hong Kong with a major in Business Administration
and my Master in Business Administration in California, USA. Am
I required to take TOEFL?
any foreign-born applicant whose first language is not English, a passing
score on the TOEFL is required, except for any of the following three
- The applicant has completed all education (kindergarten through high
school) in an English speaking country.
- The applicant has already taken the TOEFL and has a passing score (213
minimum on computerized portion and a minimum score of 3.5 on the written
portion). If the applicant has taken the TOEFL before and passed, he/she
will need to provide an official document of that score.
- If the student earned a Bachelor's degree in the U.S. and completed
some liberal arts courses and received grades of B or higher, the student
may request to have the transcript reviewed for a possible TOEFL waiver.
would like to consider studying in this program as a personal growth
opportunity and an opportunity to be a lay counselor instead of a professional
therapist. I would like to get some feedback on this.
your intention is to only study in this program for lay counselor reasons
and not for licensing, you still must complete all the requirements
that lead to licensure, which includes 30 hours of personal therapy
and 250 practicum hours (in a counseling setting) before graduation.
Western provide a Practicum site for the MFT students or do they have
to find a site
on their own?
are responsible to find their own Practicum site. However, Western does
have a Practicum Orientation that provides support to students as they
go about finding a site that will meet the requirements to be an approved
are the requirements to get started in the Masters degree program?
long will it take to complete as a night school course?
program is designed to be completed between three and four years, though some
students take longer. We can sit down and talk about the pace
that would best suit you.
are evening classes held?
are held throughout the week, with a 2-unit course meeting every other
week, generally. For example, the Clinical Foundations course
meets on alternating Monday nights for seven sessions during the Fall semester.
Our campus holds classes every night of the week and we are closed on Sundays.
are Saturday classes held?
classes are held either in the morning (7:45 am - 12:25 pm) or
in the afternoon (1:15 pm - 5:55 pm). Classes are held every week
or every other week depending on how many units the class is. A student may have
both a morning class as well as an afternoon class certain semesters.
I complete the degree can I go into practice (that is, charge for therapy
in order to make a living)?
Marital and Family Therapy program prepares students to practice therapy
in many settings. Once a student graduates from program,
he/she will continue to accrue hours of therapy experience as an intern.
Interns may work in private practices as well as non-profit agencies
and mental health clinics. These placements can be paid or volunteer
opportunities. This program is designed for students who sense God calling them to become Licensed Marital and Family Therapists. However,
not every student who earns a degree from the MFT program goes on to
become what we typically think of as a licensed therapist. We have several
who go on to become teachers or pastors/deacons in their church, specializing
in counseling. Thus, this degree can be used in a variety